ZAMBIA’S Ralph Goveia was yesterday eliminated from the 2016 Rio Olympics after finishing sixth in the preliminary round of the men’s 100 metres butterfly.
Goveia was Zambia’s only hope for a medal in swimming after Jade Howard exited the competition in the first round of the women’s 100 metres freestyle on Thursday.
In yesterday’s heats, Goveia maintained pace in the 50 metres, splashing 25.22 seconds but seemed tired in the last half, finishing with a time of 54.84s.
He however set a new national record and personal best from the previous 56.34s.
Goviea was the fourth Zambian athlete to exit the Olympic Games after judoka Mathews Punza, boxer Ben Muziyo and Howard.
Runners, 400 metres African gold medalist Kabange Mupopo, 100m Gerald Phiri and long distance specialist Jordan Chipangama, are the remaining Zambian medal hopes.
Mupopo takes to the track today and is determined to qualify for the semi-finals in 200 and 400 metres.
Coach Douglas Kalembo said Mupopo was in shape and mentally ready for the race.
“The morale is high among the athletes and Mupopo looks set for the race. It will definitely be a tough race but I am hopeful she will cruise through to the semi-finals,” he said.